SECOND INTERNATIONAL SELÇUK-EPHESUS SYMPOSIUM ON CULTURE OF CAMEL-DEALING AND CAMEL WRESTLING
Turkic tribes’ socio-cultural identity, has still effectively continued in Anatolian region. While the presence of camel depended on transportation and caravan trade throughout the history in general, there has been continuous presence of camels in different forms at present.
Camel, likewise other domestic animals were employed for transportation and trade activities in Turkey. Camel dealing tradition, which has a strong relationship with
Camels replaced transportation and trade caravans by the developing of highways. On the other hand, the presence of camel as an indispensable item of Anatolian people’s culture has been declined gradually during this process. In 1980’s, the camel population was decreased and fell down almost 250 in numbers. Camels, which were the vital part of transportation and caravan trade, sustain their presence by becoming an authentic form in Turkey, especially western side of Aegean region. This authentic form is the camel wrestling.
The primary aim is continue to organize this symposium second time by following the framework of the first symposium. The symposium aims international and interdisciplinary contributions to camel-related issues. Additionally, one of the purposes of this symposium is to bring together studies on the culture of camel dealing and camel wrestling centered studies from different disciplines’ and approaches. It is expected to participation of studies from all disciplines varying from the social dimensions of camel dealing to diseases of camels.
This symposium aims to give place national and international studies based on survey application, analysis and observations in terms of camel-related theme. In this context, the 1th International is planned to bring academicians worked on theme from all over the world and different disciplines together.
It is also expected give place to national and international studies based on analysis and observations about camel-related theme in the second symposium to be held. Within this framework it is planned to bring together scholars, researchers worked on the theme from different disciplines from all over the world in the second International Culture of Camel Dealing and Camel Wrestling Symposium.